Sunday, October 23, 2016

Zombie squirrels for Wester 2016!

Happy Wester, which is "the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox."  Normally I'd post a happy squirrel for the fake holiday's mascot, but since tonight is the return of "The Walking Dead" and is only a week away from Halloween, I'm posting a zombie squirrel instead.  May he be more cute and less terrifying than Negan.  As I wrote in Drinks for criminal clowns, "Poor Rick and his crew have no idea how weird things are going to get!"  They fell down the rabbit hole in Season 1; now Negan is about to reach through the looking glass and pull them in to the other side.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

People stream Janet Jackson's 'Nasty' in response to Trump insulting Clinton

I'm posting the Sunday entertainment entry a day early because tomorrow is Wester, so I'm dedicating the Sunday entry to wish my readers a Happy Wester.  For today, I'm following up on an entertainment angle of the third debate, the reaction to Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton "such a nasty woman."  Wochit Entertainment reports Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty’ Streams Go Up After Donald's Debate Comment.

On Wednesday Night the final presidential debate took place with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This time Donald did not cease to surprise people when he referred to Clinton as a “nasty woman”. However after the debate streams of Janet Jackson’s song “Nasty” skyrocketed on Spotify. Streams of the 1986 song went up 250 percent overnight. Clinton supporters embraced the term. They took the term back as a sign of empowerment. Donald made the comment as the two debated over Social Security and Medicare.
It also inspired fan parodies like this Hillary Clinton, Janet Jackson, Donald Trump Nasty Remix.

Clinton is a Nasty woman according to Donald Trump. Nobody knows Nasty the way Janet knows Nasty.
That only took a day to appear on YouTube.  If the election inspires more silly entertainment like this, it might almost be worth it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Keith Olbermann thinks Trump is a threat to democracy

I began Cracked on the Food Pyramid by writing "Last night was the final debate, but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to respond; I'll have more time and Keith Olbermann will have posted his reaction."  I took enough time that I was rewarded by Olbermann posting not one, but two rants on the same topic, Trump refusing to say that he would accept the election results.  Here's the first, Donald Trump Must Withdraw. Here's Why.

This is now bigger than who becomes the next president. Donald Trump is a threat to our democracy.
I agree with Keith; Trump is a threat to our democracy.  As for him withdrawing, it's not happening.  Trump's ego won't allow him to do that.

Keith was a bit calmer the next day, but he lost none of his edge when he declared These Insane Excuses From Trump's Surrogates Are Deplorable.

It's now up to GOP leaders (the ones who want a future in politics) to fully repudiate Donald Trump.
This topic has so upset Keith that he forgot to end the show with his usual tag line, so I'll do it for him.  Watch this space.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cracked on the Food Pyramid

Last night was the final debate, but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to respond; I'll have more time and Keith Olbermann will have posted his reaction.  Instead, I'm posting the following video from Cracked: The Terrible Truth Behind The Food Pyramid.  Consider it a preview for next Monday, which is Food Day.

Pretty much everything you learned as a child is a lie.
In case you're wondering what prompted me to post this, I'm showing Food, Inc. to my students this week.  I'll have more to say about the movie on Monday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Why elephants and donkeys for Republicans and Democrats?

I've been asked this question several times before and usually find myself stumped.  Fortunately, ABC News has the answer.  First, Why an Elephant for Republicans?

Historian David Eisenbach explains how the Republican party and elephants came together.
Blame Thomas Nast, one of several people associated with the modern American conception of Santa Claus.

Next, Why a Donkey for Democrats?

David Eisenbach uncovers the origins of the donkey as a symbol of the Democratic party.
As someone with family connections to Native Americans, I've come to dislike Andrew Jackson, but I find linking the donkey to him to be appropriate and don't mind that the party has the animal for its symbol.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Last month was the warmest September on record

Another month, another global temperature record.  In August, I shared that July 2016 was the hottest month on record yet.  In September, I reported that Detroit just had its warmest summer on record.  Early this month, the news was warmest August on record so far as carbon dioxide passes 400 ppm 'permanently'.  Today, it's NASA Analysis Finds Warmest September on Record By Narrow Margin.
September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

September 2016's temperature was a razor-thin 0.004 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest September in 2014. The margin is so narrow those two months are in a statistical tie. Last month was 0.91 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean September temperature from 1951-1980.

The record-warm September means 11 of the past 12 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 have set new monthly high-temperature records. Updates to the input data have meant that June 2016, previously reported to have been the warmest June on record, is, in GISS's updated analysis, the third warmest June behind 2015 and 1998 after receiving additional temperature readings from Antarctica. The late reports lowered the June 2016 anomaly by 0.05 degrees Celsius to 0.75.
Climate Central cites NOAA, which could offer confirmation of the record next week.
It should be noted that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the other gold standards for global temperature analysis, says the world has had 16 straight months of record heat (itself a record). It releases its September numbers on Tuesday.
Welcome to the 400 ppm world.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bill Maher shows how life imitates dystopian science fiction

Last Friday, Bill Maher gave a good demonstration of how science fiction speaks to our current anxieties in New Rule: A Bone to Pick with Undecided Voters.  Start paying close attention at the four minute mark to see how life imitates art and why that might actually offer us hope.

I wasn't the only one to catch this.  Greg Evans of Deadline Hollywood did as well in Bill Maher: Hollywood Blockbusters Predicted Trumpocalypse.
Bill Maher gave props to Hollywood – particularly its sci-fi visions – for showing voters both the end of our world and a way to salvation: In his episode-closing New Rules comic monologue, the host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher last night asked what movies like Divergent, The Hunger Games, Elysium, Snowpiercer and The Giver have in common.

Can you guess? How about post-apocalyptic worlds rescued and controlled by a “cold, technocratic boss lady in a pantsuit?”

Touting Hollywood’s uncanny ability to predict the future – Star Trek‘s flip-phones, Minority Report‘s touch-screens, Morgan Freeman as president – Maher then reminded viewers about the big screen’s recent nuclear obsession. “Folks, blowing up the world is something that could actually happen,” he said, setting up the bit in earnest.
I couldn't have said it better myself.  Here's to being with Bill Maher and supporting the “cold, technocratic boss lady in a pantsuit.”  It beats being led by Immortan Joe!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

For the Sunday entertainment entry, I'm going to do something I'm sure I've never done before--recognize the winner of the Literature Prize.  Why is that entertainment?  Well, check out the winner.  From the Wall Street Journal: Bob Dylan's 'Poetic Expressions' Win 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

American rock star Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time a musician has won the prestigious award. WSJ's Lee Hawkins explains.
Congratulations to Dylan and all the winners.  I might just look at the rest of them throughout the week.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Happy Sweetest Day 2016!

Happy Sweetest Day!  As I wrote in Holidays for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, "I wasn't even sure that I wanted to celebrate Sweetest Day last year, but I found a good video about the history of the holiday and went ahead.  I'm glad I did."  It ended up being the sixteenth most read entry of the fifth year of the blog.

And now, the song I've associated with this day since I first learned about it, Sweetest Day by Control Freq.

Stay tuned for the Sunday entertainment entry.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Keith Olbermann on Trump's bad bromance with Putin

In July, I joked about Trump and Putin, a bad bromance.  On Monday, I showed that I had become more alarmed about Trump's admiration of Putin in Trump threatens to 'Lock Her Up!'  That entry featured a Keith Olbermann video from GQ in which Keith said that Donald Trump was borrowing a page from the Putin playbook by promising that, if he became president, he investigate, prosecute, and attempt to imprison Hillary Clinton.  That Paul Manfort, who was Trump's campaign manager, had earlier been Viktor Yanukovych's campaign manager for President of Ukraine, made the Trump-Putin connection more real and the threat more chilling, as Manafort's candidate was also supported by Putin and locked up his female opponent Yulia Tymoshenko after he was elected.

It turns out that wasn't the first time Keith had pointed out the perils of Putin's possible influence in Trump's campaign.  Two weeks earlier, he had explained Why Donald Trump’s Russian Connection is a Huuuge Problem.

It’s time for answers: What exactly is Donald Trump doing with—and for—Putin and the Russian government?
This week, Keith harkened back to this earlier video and got some answers to his questions in Looks Like Trump is Now Peddling Russian Propaganda.

It’s a good thing the fools trying to subvert our democracy are, you know, fools.
I agree with Keith; it's a good thing for American democracy that Putin's patsies in the Trump campaign are incompetent.  Otherwise, we'd all be in real trouble.